Chelsea’s academy generates a lot of excitement, and with good reason. Over the years it has delivered tremendous success as far as winning developmental trophies, with FA Youth Cups aplenty at Stamford Bridge.
However, despite the success, rarely have young players made it at the club. For one reason or another, Chelsea simply haven’t been able to get youngsters into the first team. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot of talent on the books at Stamford Bridge – it’s just that many of their best players are out on loan.
Fortunately, that doesn’t close the door on many of them getting a chance at Chelsea. Indeed, a good season away from the club could put them in a brilliant position to force their way into the fold.
But who of Chelsea’s young players should get fans interested?
Well, Chelsea supporters should be seriously excited about these 2 loanees…
Ola Aina has been around for a long time, but he’s never quite made it at Chelsea. He’s a full-back by trade, and is best utilised on the right-hand side of the defence.
He’s been a regular in and around the Chelsea first team in recent years, and whilst he’s rarely been in the squad, he has trained and featured during pre-season for the Blues. Indeed, under Antonio Conte, the right-back looked particularly impressive and looked to be on the verge of a starting berth.
At just 21-years-old, he’s still young enough to make it at Stamford Bridge, and there’s no telling just how significant his loan over in Italy could be over the course of the next season.
Few players are able to generate the excitement that Mason Mount has in such a short period of time. Last season, Mount impressed on-loan at Vitesse, but given the lack of eyes on that division in comparison to the Premier League, many fans wouldn’t have been able to witness it.
However, this season Mount is on loan in the Championship – and it’s fair to say that he is seriously impressing. He’s scored 4 goals and bagged 1 assist so far in just 9 games in all competitions under Frank Lampard at Derby. The Chelsea icon has clearly seen something in Mount, and it is paying off big time.
A natural attacking midfielder, he’s got tremendous energy, technique and quality on the ball – and he’s sure to be a hit for the rest of the season. If he continues to impress, he’ll deserve a first-team role.